Monthly Archives: May 2016

Rainbow Sprinkle Bridal Shower

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This invitation by Ink obsession Designs on Etsy was the inspiration for my Rainbow Sprinkles Bridal Shower.

For the decorations we used a clear umbrella, tucked a few tissue fans up inside, and dangled a strand of paper hearts like rain drops.

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For the favors we made our own rainbow sprinkle mix and bottled them up.  Here is a gorgeous tutorial on Something Turquoise.

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D.I.Y. Custom Sprinkle Mix Favor by Something Turquoise

If you would prefer to buy pre-made sprinkles
here is a cute mix by KreativeBakingShop on Etsy
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I really wish I had pictures of the food, but it was 3 years ago, before blogging so Ill just fill you in on the Menu:

  • Rainbow fruit platter, complete with “cloud” fruit dip
  • Rainbow fruit tarts
  • Tulip sugar cookies with pink royal icing
  • An assortment of Quiche
  • bagel and cream cheese bar
  • pickled asparagus and cream cheese wrapped in ham

Here is a cute example of the gorgeous fruit plate my sister-in-law, Suzy made for the shower

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Rainbow Fruit Tray from Makoodle.com

I used “Hello My Name is” name tags for the food labels.  I found these cute labels from EmDashPaperCo on Etsy

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“Hello My Name is” from EmDashPaperCo

 

I was completely spoiled, sprinkled, and showered with love and amazing gifts. It has been fun reminiscing about such a great day.

Happy Friday!

xoxosarah

Vintage Carnival Themed Wedding

In honor of my 3rd wedding anniversary, I’m celebrating with a whole week of wedding posts. Im kicking it off with a photo tour of my vintage carnival theme and giving my advice on how to enjoy your wedding day.

The benefit of being a bridesmaid a few times before actually getting married myself was that I saw first hand just how stressful a wedding can be and how often the bride doesn’t get to enjoy her day.  I really wanted to enjoy my wedding so I came up with a game plan to combat what seemed inevitable.

First, I made a list of the most important priorities that I wanted from my wedding day, for me it was

1. To marry Juice…the whole point of the day right?!

2. I wanted to have fun

3. I wanted my guest to have fun

I kept this list in mind the entire wedding planning process and referred back to it when making budget decisions or dealing with a problem.
The other problem I saw with other brides  was that they had too many things to do to really just relax.  Since I love to plan parties and usually keep control of the reins the entire time, my solution to this one was really tough. But I hired a “Day of Coordinator” anyway.

For me this was by far the best money ever spent!  I got to do all the fun details building up to the wedding and then Leslie Price and Ashley Wilson took care of vendor coordination so I wasn’t bombarded with calls from the florist, baker, chairs, tables, and tent deliveries, the Photo Booth set up, the caterer, and overseeing the setup/decorating of our wedding site.  They nailed it and took care of a few details I didn’t have time for; they made adorable little activity kits for the children at our wedding,  picked up the wedding cake knife that I had totally spaced, and popped popcorn for our send off. I was especially happy they boxed up a few pieces of cake for Juice and I to enjoy later.

My wedding day was amazing even though it was far from perfect. It rained and poured all morning, with the weather reports showing a 90% chance of rain during the ceremony for most of the day and the generator powering our music cut out just as the flash mob portion of our wedding dance started.  But I just held on to my list and knew that rain or shine, music or not, I was going to marry my love, dance, and have fun.

Here are some of my favorite details from my vintage carnival themed wedding:

  • Liberty Park with Ferris Wheel
  • Invitations with carnival tickets included
  • Hand crocheted doilies everywhere, lovingly made by my extra mom Sheri
  • Pinwheels adorned with ribbons, pom-pom fringe, and ric-rac for flower girls
  • Vintage umbrellas rented from Bella Umbrella
  • Vintage blue Ball jars for vases
  • My grandparents cake topper
  • My adorable wedding cake
  • Circus tent curtains
  • Cupcake garland
  • Billy balls painted blue for my bouquet
  • Bow ties from theBellandtheBeau on Etsy
  • Popcorn, gelato, cotton candy, and lemonade bar
  • Acoustic stylings of Trenton McKean 
  • Photo booth and props
  • Flash mob dance to Hall and Oats You Make My Dreams Come True

Here is the photo Tour

vintage carnival wedding Ferris wheel vintage umbrella

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vintage carnival wedding Ferris wheel vintage umbrella

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Vintage umbrellas from Bella Umbrella

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Our fabulous ring bearer

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My grandparents wedding cake topper and my beautiful wedding cake.

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My extra mom gave me this beautiful vintage table cloth and crocheted this gorgeous doily.

vintage carnival wedding lemonade bar

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Trenton McKean

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You Make My Dreams Come True

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Check out the cupcake garland my amazing bridesmaid April Vandertoolen helped me make.

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I hope you enjoyed my wedding photo tour. I’d love to hear what you would put on your own wedding priorities list.

Photography credit for all of these wonderful photos goes to Cat Palmer